What Falls from View? On Re-Reading Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise


‘Reading is a visual practice. It always involves a scene. What scenes do white readers of Plains of Promise gaze upon as they hold its pages in their hands? If the visual field is always structured by desire - in the words of Parveen Adams, ‘I enjoy what I see and I see what I enjoy’ (111) - then a question insists: what scenes can white readers see when we read an Indigenous-signed text such as this one? What scene will our desires produce, and what might fall from view.’ (Introduction, p. 70)

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Published 1 November 2010 in Volume 25 No. 4. Subjects: Australian literary criticism, Reader response, Reviews, Textual analysis, Writer-reader relations.

Cite as: Ravenscroft, Alison. ‘What Falls from View? On Re-Reading Alexis Wright’s Plains of Promise.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 25, no. 4, 2010. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.564e7a4418.